The Art Heals Violence (AHV) Initiative is a collaborative program facilitated by the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce combining performances and exhibitions with neighborhood participation to address the pervasive issue of violence in the region. This initiative is designed to utilize skill and creative imagination to address the local interactions that often lead to or facilitate violence in our region’s high risk neighborhoods. We have many events planned for this initiative!
For theSoul Box event, the StL Arts Chamber is working with the Soul Box Project in Portland to fold origami boxes, one for each life taken and injured by gun violence. The St. Louis Metropolitan region averages approximately 6,000 violent crimes (not all gun related) every year. Our goal is to created 6,000 origami soul boxes to contribute to the more than 166,000 (and growing) soul boxes collected by the Portland project. The collected boxes will then be included in exhibitions around the country included the one here. Soul Box Project in Portland will be bringing their exhibition here to join with our contribution. o crea
Anyone can join from anywhere! Fold for yourself or get people together for a virtual or in person folding party. Many participants enjoy the craft while others find the action of folding the box reflective, almost meditative. However you respond, help raise awareness of violence, especially in a region known for it, by folding boxes and bringing them to the StL Arts Chamber.
To get started, you need paper (8.5 x 11 is fine), and a ruler or straight edge is helpful. You can use plain white copy paper, paper with printed designs or decorate your own. Each box represents a person. What would you like the box to say?
Here is a video showing how to fold a soul box.
When you have made the boxes, contact the StL Arts Chamber at 314 275 0888 to arrange for drop off.